John Muir


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43 Storms of frozen mist are of frequent occurrence at these [high] [elevations] wh when wind blown freezes upon the needles & branches of this pine [forming] [wedge] shaped [icicles] [ ] [flat] [apparent] [then [on] the windward side though they would appear to have been [formed] [on] the [ ]side [sketch: Cross-section of branch & ice] When the sun falls among these iced [pines] the effect is [perfecly] glorious -- Where the tassels are spiked with [young] snow crystals, a fine silver gray

44 is produced. They are frequently so loaded they droop. On the flank of Shasta (South) there is no well defined belt of P Contorta & Monticola separating the silver firs from the highest [flexilis] albicaulis as is the case everywhere from Castle peak to the Southern extremity of the range Starting from Sissons 3500 ft elevation, sugar pine, Libocedrus P [grandis] concolor & pinus ponderosa & a few p. [Muricata] tuberculata, with small black oaks, 1000 ft higher the oaks disappear. & p. [grandis] concolor reaches perfection, [Abies] Doug comes in with [grandis] concolor but is not very abundant here. A thousand feet higher or so p [grandis] concolor takes all the

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